New Delhi: Sun Microsystems India and Tech Mahindra said on 14 May 2007 that the two companies have formed strategic alliance to rollout IPTV services to the Indian and Asia Pacific markets. As part of this alliance, Sun and Tech Mahindra along with AMD will jointly set up a next generation IPTV lab at the Tech Mahindra facility in Pune. Tech Mahindra is already engaged with various service providers to offer IPTV solutions in various geographies.
Sun recently introduced the Sun Streaming System — the industry’s first scalable video delivery platform for cable and telecommunications operators, which helps operators increase subscriber revenue by offering new video-based services and personalized, unique video streams.
The IPTV lab at Tech Mahindra would feature solutions from an exclusive consortium of solution partners including, Digisoft, Envivio, Harmonic, I-Make, Verimatrix and Mototech, and Sun’s own Streaming System. The State-of-the-art lab will showcase a pre-integrated end-to-end IPTV system for tier-1, tier-2 and tier-3 service providers. Tech Mahindra would use this lab to showcase its IPTV domain expertise to its global customers.
This lab will also allow potential customers, OEMs and ISVs to test the Sun Streaming System’s capabilities, architect and validate an end-to-end solution.
K.P. Unnikrishnan, director, Strategic Alliances, Sun Microsystems India said at the at launch on 14 May that his company seeks to use the alliance to showcase end-to-end IPTV solutions based on carrier grade Sun systems featuring the Sun Streaming System. He added this is Sun’s first such alliance in the country for IPTV services.
“Tech Mahindra has developed IPTV capabilities across several areas that include consulting services, system integration capabilities, network technology areas in next generation elements, network and application performance optimization, interactive application development and BSS (billing support systems) and OSS (operations support systems),” said Shankar Allimatti, vice-president, next generation technologies, Tech Mahindra.